Google vs Spotify, BT Sport vs Sky Sports: #TechTalk

In today’s #TechTalk: New Google music service goes head-to-head with Spotify, Sky customers think about turning to BT Sport and why TalkTalk customers love a bit of Pi.

TalkTalk YouView 'fastest growing' new TV service

Broadband provider TalkTalk has released some figures about its YouView TV service. In the first three months of the year, the company signed up 150,000 new YouView subscribers, which, according to chief executive Dido Harding, makes it "the UK's fastest growing TV service".

TalkTalk also revealed what people are watching. Its own kids' channel - Scamp - was the second most watched channel inside the TalkTalk player, which provides content exclusive to YouView, while ABC On Demand was the most viewed.

Tiger-on-a-raft flick Life of Pi was the top box office movie so far this year, comprising 47% of all movie rentals via YouView. Liam-Neeson-on-a-rampage film, Taken 2, has also been a success, comprising 7% of all rentals this year.

Sky Sports customers consider jumping ship to BT

It seems BT's recently revealed plans for its new sports channels have grabbed people's attention. A UK-wide poll by survey company Usurv found that 15% of Sky customers are interested in getting BT's channels, while 6% said they would consider ending their contract with Sky and switch to BT.

The survey also showed that 8% of Sky TV subscribers will switch to BT broadband from their current provider - Sky and other providers - as soon as possible, while 8% of all non-Sky or BT customers will change to BT to get the sports channels.

Read more at Advanced Television

New Google music streaming service revealed

Google revealed its new music service yesterday, which aims to compete with the likes of Spotify by offering streaming music over the internet.

For a monthly fee, users can stream as much music as they like from the rather clumsily named Google Play Music All Access. Google's made deals with major labels including Sony, Universal and Warner, so there's likely to be a fairly sizable library on offer.

Google hasn't yet announced pricing for the UK, but in the US, people signing up before June will pay $7.99 a month. We just hope the music sounds better than the name.

Read more at The Guardian

Google+ picks your best pics

In other Google news, the search giant's home-grown social network Google+ may not have achieved the fame or popularity of Facebook or Twitter, but the company keeps rolling out new features all the same.

One newly revealed feature is that Google+ can now automatically pick out users' best photos, by searching for family members, smiling people, landmarks and more, while automatically filtering out blurry or duplicate images.

Images can now also be either automatically or enhanced on the site itself, improving sharpness, colour, brightness and more.

Read more at the Daily Telegraph

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